Previous guest speakers for our Leadership Luncheons include:
Arielle Tepper Madover
Arielle Tepper Madover, producer with 76 Tony and 35 Olivier nominations, was our speaker on February 10, 2011.
Arielle Tepper Madover, a Tony Award winning Producer, has produced theater on and off Broadway since 1998, receiving 76 Tony nominations and 35 Olivier nominations. Broadway credits include: Red, Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Hair, Equus, Frost/Nixon, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, The Pillowman, Democracy,A Raisin in the Sun, Jumpers, Hollywood Arms, A Class Act, James Joyce’s The Dead, John Leguizamo’s Freak, Sandra Bernhard’s I’m Still Here..Damn It.West End credits include: Piaf, Spamalot, Frost/Nixon, Guys & Dolls, Mary Stuart, A Voyage Round My Father, Sunday in the Park with George. Off- Broadway credits include: De La Guarda ” Villa Villa” and The Last Five Years. She has also produced the US National tour of Frost/Nixon and the US National tour and Vegas production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.
In 2005 Mrs. Madover formed “The Living Room for Artists” a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization to sustain and support the Summer Play Festival (SPF) which was first presented in 2004. SPF has formed an alliance with The Public Theater and has a relationship with the Donmar Warehouse through its creation of the Playwright Residency Program.
In her effort to promote Theater Education, in 2001, she created The Tepper Center for Careers in Theatre, which through The Tepper Semester in New York provides opportunities for college seniors to develop specific strategies for pursuing their career goals in the entertainment industry. In 2005 she initiated a theatre program for second and third graders at The Dalton School. Mrs. Madover is a member of the Board of Trustees at The Public Theater, Syracuse University and The Dalton School as well as a member of the Juilliard Drama Council and The League of American Theaters and Producers. She has been listed in Crains 40 under 40 and was one of Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Females.
Victoria Bailey, Executive Director of Theatre Development Fund (TDF) was our speaker on February 25, 2010.
Co-President Rachel Reiner, Victoria Bailey, Co-President Naomi Grabel
Victoria Bailey is executive director of Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the largest not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts in the country. TDF advances live theatre and dance by building audiences for the theatre and increasing knowledge about theatre and dance. Its tkts booths and its membership, education, subsidy, access and dance programs all further its core mission. One of Ms. Bailey’s most visible accomplishments has been the shepherding, along with the Times Square Alliance and the Coalition for Father Duffy, of the rehabilitation of Duffy Square which is dominated by the new tkts booth with it glowing red steps. Additionally, since her tenure at TDF began in 2001, the education programs (Open Doors, Residency Arts Project, and Stage Doors) have increased their reach and now serve more than 6,000 students annually; the TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP), which offer a range of services to make theatregoing more accessible to individuals with disabilities, have also greatly increased membership and now have a mailing list of nearly 8,000 patrons. For students who are low vision or blind, TDF now offers audio description, as well as sign language interpreted and open captioned performances, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Ms. Bailey was also instrumental in the execution of TDF’s Playwrights Project, a comprehensive study of the lives of American playwrights and the production of new American Plays. The Project culminated in Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play written by Todd London with Ben Pesner and Zannie Giraud Voss, which was published in December 2009 and has stimulated national conversations about this critical issue. Prior to her appointment at TDF, she had a nearly 20-year association with the Manhattan Theatre Club, first as business manager, then as general manager. While at MTC, Ms. Bailey managed close to 200 plays, both on and Off Broadway, including the Tony Award-winning Love! Valor! Compassion! Previous to her employment at MTC, she worked at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Additionally, she has worked as a consultant for a range of Off Broadway and regional theatres and has served as a member of the Executive Board of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. Ms. Bailey is a member of the adjunct faculty at the School of the Arts, Columbia University, and is a member of the board of the Times Square Alliance. Ms. Bailey also serves on the New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee. She has recently completed serving a three-year term on the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. Ms. Bailey received a B.A. in history from Yale College.
Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), was our speaker on February 26, 2009.
Teresa Eyring joined TCG as executive director in March 2007. Ms. Eyring has been an executive in theatres around the U.S. for over twenty years. Prior to joining TCG, she served as managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis where she led a planning process that resulted in a $30 million capital campaign, along with major expansions in programming and facilities. Eyring began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C in 1983. She completed an MFA in theatre administration at the Yale School of Drama between 1986 and 1989. From 1989-1993, she was assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where she handled artist contracts, play commissions, and oversaw a $5 million theatre renovation project. From 1994-99, she was managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, where she spearheaded completion of an $8 million capital campaign and oversaw the construction and transition to a new 24,000 square foot theatre facility on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. She was named as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 1998 and as a ‘Woman to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal in July 2005. She has been the chief negotiator on numerous collective bargaining agreements. She is currently active as a board member of the Performing Arts Alliance and served on the steering committee for the National Performing Arts Convention. Her past volunteer affiliations include service as chairwoman of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, board member of WYBE-TV, executive committee member of the League of Resident Theatres; board member and Treasurer of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts; and board member of Intermedia Arts. Eyring holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Virginia P. Louloudes, Executive Director A.R.T. / New York was our speaker on February 22, 2007.
Virginia Louloudes became A.R.T./New York’s Executive Director in 1991. A.R.T./New York is the service and advocacy organization for New York City’s not-for-profit theatre community. Its membership is made up of 400 theatres of all sizes and missions in all five boroughs. Since her arrival, the organization’s budget and membership have nearly tripled. Ginny has developed a variety of programs to meet her constituents’ changing needs, including two shared office and rehearsal spaces: South Oxford Space, which houses 20 companies in Brooklyn and Spaces at 520, which provides offices to 24 nonprofit arts organizations in the Fashion District. A.R.T./New York provides more than 125 technical assistance workshops and roundtables annually and last year awarded cash grants of $1.4 million to 128 theatres and made lines of credit, cash flow and real estate loans totaling $1.1 million. Following September 11th, A.R.T./New York distributed the first study on the economic impact of the attacks on the City’s nonprofit theatres. Shortly thereafter the Mellon Foundation selected A.R.T./New York to distribute the theatre portion of their $50 million Andrew W. Mellon Arts Relief Fund. Before joining A.R.T./New York, Ginny was Director of Marketing at both the Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Club.
Bio as of February, 2005.
Charlotte St. Martin
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League was our speaker on September 26, 2006.
After 28 years with Loews Hotels serving in many capacities including Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Operations and President and CEO of Loews Anatole Hotel, Charlotte St. Martin has recently moved to the association side of the business.
As Executive Director of the Broadway League, St. Martin is engaged in all things Broadway. The League’s primary reason for being is to insure that Broadway, the longest street in America, remains a healthy industry throughout the country.
Kate D. Levin
Kate D. Levin, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs was our speaker on February 23, 2006.
Kate D. Levin is the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Prior to her appointment, Kate D. Levin was an Assistant Professor of English and Theater at the City College of New York CUNY and Associate Director of the Simon H. Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts CCNY. Levin received a BA from Harvard University and a PhD in English from the University of California at Berkley.
Jeanine Tesori, Composer, was our speaker on April 13, 2004 and was introduced by producer Dori Berinstein.
Jeanine Tesori (Music, Shrek) has written three Tony-nominated scores for Broadway: Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center); Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); and Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner; director, George C. Wolfe). The National Theatre production of Caroline, or Change in London received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Her first musical, Violet, written with Brian Crawley, received the NY Drama Critics Circle Award. She has received Drama Desk and Obie Awards, and was cited by ASCAP as the first woman composer to have “two new musicals running concurrently on Broadway.” She composed the music for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Mother Courage, directed by George C. Wolfe and translated by Tony Kushner. Film scores include Nights in Rodanthe, Winds of Change, Show Business and Wrestling With Angels. She composed songs for the movie Shrek the Third and for the Disney DVD releases Mulan II, Lilo and Stitch II and The Little Mermaid III. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Manhattan with her husband, Michael Rafter, and daughter, Siena.
Bio as of December, 2008.
Lynn Redgrave, Actress, was one of our distinguished speakers.
Biography from www.redgrave.com:
After training at London’s Central School, I made my professional debut in a 1962 production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Royal Court Theatre. Following a tour of BILLY LIAR and rep in Dundee, I made my West End debut at the Haymarket, in N.C. Hunter’s THE TULIP TREE with Celia Johnson and John Clements.0022.jpg (12346 bytes) Then came an invitation to join The National Theatre for its inaugural season at the Old Vic, and with it the opportunity to work with such directors as Gaskill, Dexter, Olivier, Zeffirelli and Coward in roles such as Rose in THE RECRUITING OFFICER, Barblin in ANDORRA, Jackie in HAY FEVER, Kattrin in MOTHER COURAGE, Miss Prue in LOVE FOR LOVE, and Margaret in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING which kept me busy for the next three years.
During that time I appeared in films such as TOM JONES, GIRL WITH GREEN EYES and THE DEADLY AFFAIR. My big chance came in 1966 with the title role in GEORGY GIRL, which earned me the New York Film Critics Award, the Golden Globe® and an Oscar® nomination.
In 1967 I made my Broadway debut in BLACK COMEDY with Michael Crawford and Geraldine Page. London appearances included Michael Frayn’s THE TWO OF US with Richard Briers at the Garrick, David Hare’s SLAG at the Royal Court, and BORN YESTERDAY, directed by Tom Stoppard at Greenwich.
In 1974, I returned to Broadway in MY FAT FRIEND. There soon followed KNOCK KNOCK with Charles Durning, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (for a Tony nomination) with Ruth Gordon, and SAINT JOAN. Then in the 1985/86 season I appeared with Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, and Jeremy Brett in AREN’T WE ALL? and with Mary Tyler Moore in A. R. Gurney’s SWEET SUE. Outside New York, I was in MISALLIANCE in Chicago with Irene Worth, (earning the Sarah Siddons and Joseph Jefferson awards), TWELFTH NIGHT at the American Shakespeare Festival, CALIFORNIA SUITE, THE KING AND I, HELLZAPOPPIN’, LES DAMES DU JEUDI, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, THE CHERRY ORCHARD and in the early winter of 1991 starred with Stewart Granger and Ricardo Montalban in a Hollywood production of DON JUAN IN HELL.
With my sister Vanessa as Olga, I returned to the London stage playing Masha in THREE SISTERS in 1991 at the Queen’s Theatre, London, and later played the title role in a television production of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, again with Vanessa. Highlights of my early movie career also include THE NATIONAL HEALTH, EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX, THE HAPPY HOOKER and GETTING IT RIGHT. For American television I was seen in the series TEACHERS ONLY, HOUSE CALLS, CENTENNIAL and CHICKEN SOUP, while for the BBC she starred in THE FAINT-HEARTED FEMINIST, A WOMAN ALONE, DEATH OF A SON, CALLING THE SHOTS and FIGHTING BACK. I played Broadway again in MOON OVER BUFFALO (1996) with co-star Robert Goulet, and starred in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ THE NOTEBOOK OF TRIGORIN, based on Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL.
My film career has been revitalized in recent years, including Bill Condon’s GODS AND MONSTERS (1998, Golden Globe winner), Scott Hicks’ 1996 SHINE, P.J. Hogan’s PETER PAN, Bill Condon’s KINSEY, and James Ivory’s THE WHITE COUNTESS.
Marian Seldes, Actress, was our speaker on October 24, 2002.
Her many Broadway credits include Deuce with co-star Angela Lansbury, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Deathtrap (Tony nomination), The Merchant, Equus, Father’s Day (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Before You Go, A Delicate Balance (Tony Award), Tiny Alice, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, A Gift of Time, The Wall, The Chalk Garden, Ondine, The High Ground, The Tower Beyond Tragedy, That Lady, Crime and Punishment, Medea. For Lincoln Center Theater, she has appeared in Dinner at Eight, Ring Round the Moon (Tony nominations) and Ivanov. Off-Broadway: Terrence McNally’s Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams at Primary Stages, Diff’rent, The Ginger Man (Obie), Isadora Duncan (Obie), Painting Churches (Outer Critics Circle Award), Richard II, Richard III, Mercy Street, Dear Liar, A Bright Room Called Day, Three Tall Women, The Torch-Bearers, The Butterfly Collection, The Play About the Baby, Helen, Play Yourself and Beckett/Albee. Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Royal Family, The Matchmaker, The Skin of Our Teeth and the premiere of Dedication. She received the Obie Award for Sustained Achievement and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1996. She is the author of The Bright Lights: A Theatre Life and Time Together, a novel.
Bio as of February, 2009.
Daryl Roth, Producer, was our speaker on February 24, 2000.
Daryl Roth is privileged to have produced five Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Proof by David Auburn (2001 Tony Award Best Play, New York, National Tour);Wit by Margaret Edson (New York, London, and National Tour); How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel; Three Tall Women by Edward Albee (New York, London and National Tour); and Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. Recent productions include: Sandra Bernhard’s Everything Bad and Beautiful, Kenny Finkle’sIndoor/Outdoor, Bob Morris’ Assisted Loving, and Brian Copeland’s Not a Genuine Black Man. Broadway productions include: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf(2005 Tony Nomination for Best Revival of a Play); Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change (2004 Tony No’mination for Best Musical); Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2002 Tony Award for Best Play); Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (2001 Tony Award Nomination for Best Play, and National Tour); Oscar Wilde’s Salome, the Reading starring Al Pacino; Medea starring Fiona Shaw; Bea Arthur on Broadway; Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (1992 Tony Award Nomination for Best Play); and Nick and Nora by Arthur Laurents, Charles Strouse & Richard Maltby, Jr. Off-Broadway credits include: Paul Grellong’s Manuscript; Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing); Stephen Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman; Mathew Lombardo’s Tea at Five starring Kate Mulgrew; Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads starring Lynn Redgrave; George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song at the Apollo Theatre; The Play About the Baby by Edward Albee; The Bomb-itty of Errors; Snakebit by David Marshall Grant;Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson; Camping with Henry and Tom by Mark St. Germain; Old Wicked Songs (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, New York and London) by Jon Marans; The Baby Dance by Jane Anderson; Closer Than Ever by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire; and De La Guarda, which ran for seven years as the inaugural production at the Daryl Roth Theatre, a landmark building on Union Square in New York, New York. Film credits include the Charles Busch film A Very Serious Person, Emmy-nominated HBO feature Dinner with Friends, based on Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, directed by Norman Jewison. Other film productions include a documentary, The Lady in Question, based on the career of Charles Busch, and a feature film based on the John Searles’ novel, Boy Still Missing. Ms. Roth serves on the board of directors of Lincoln Center Theatre, the Sundance Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Ms. Roth was recently profiled in The New Yorker and included in Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women in Business.” Awards and honors include: The National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Patron of the Arts Award, The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Louis Marshall Award, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit of Achievement Award, The National Corporate Theatre Fund’s Chairman Award, and The Tisch School of the Arts Award for Artistic Leadership. Dedicated to nurturing and supporting theatre artists, The Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award is given annually to an artist who has demonstrated, exceptional talent and promise in his or her field. Recent recipients include: directors: Michael Wilson, Michael Mayer, Mark Brokaw, Steven Williford; playwrights: Sinan Onel, Sybille Pearson, Edwin Sanchez, Kia Corthron, Karen Hartman; designer G.W. Mercier; actor Debra Monk; and The New Dramatists.
- Bio as of January, 2007.
Bel Kaufman, Professor and Author, was one of our distinguished speakers.
Bel Kaufman is a Russian-American professor and author, best known for writing the 1965 best-seller Up the Down Staircase.
Kaufman was born in Berlin, Germany, where her father was studying medicine. Although born in Germany, her native language was Russian; she was raised in Odessa (Ukraine, then a part of Russia). While still a child, Bella published her first poem, “Spring”, in the Odessa magazine “Little Bells”. Bella immigrated to the United States in 1923 at the age of 12 with her parents, moving to New York City, where she first began learning the English language. At age 18 she attended Hunter College in New York, from which she received a BA degree, then pursued a Master’s degree at Columbia University. She then began work as a teacher in various New York City high schools, along with working part-time as a writer. In 1965 she published the novel Up the Down Staircase, a novel about an idealistic young honors college graduate who becomes an English teacher in a New York City high school and deals with the gritty realities of her colleagues and students; it was based on Kaufman’s own teaching experiences. Up the Down Staircase became an enormous success, remaining on the New York Times Best Seller list for 64 weeks. In 1967, the book was turned into a film of the same name.
In 1979 Kaufman published a second novel, Love, etc.. She has since then written various short stories. She has also continued as a teacher and lecturer.
Kaufman has written, “I do not LIKE writing; in truth, I HATE writing, and would rather do anything else. But the joy comes when, almost in spite of myself, I come close to what I want to say. A sentence or an insight leaps from the page.”
Kaufman is the granddaughter of famed Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem.(R. Marder 2001), who helped her see the world with the eye of an inquiring author.